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The Day God Became an Atheist

Liam Thatcher

When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God. And now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all the creeds and a god from all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of inevitable recurrence and of unalterable power. They will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. Nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find only one divinity who ever uttered their isolation; only one religion in which God seemed for an instant to be an atheist.” (G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy)

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Thankfully, we get to see what Job longed for…. 

In Job 9:33-35, the writer has this to say:

“There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me. Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.”

Which is pretty bleak stuff, when you think of it…. But…. The Bible shows us that in Christ, we have all of those things that Job longed for…. 

Job asked for a mediator…. We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens. In Hebrews 9:15, we’re told that Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant. And in Romans 8:34b, we’re told that He “indeed is interceding for us.”

Job asked for someone to remove God’s rod from him, but Isaiah 53:4 reminds us that “Surely [Jesus] has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”

Job asked to be able to speak to God without fear…. “We can with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”     – Hebrews 4:16
And if that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!